Top seed Halep suffers surprise Wimbledon defeat


Story highlights

  • Simona Halep beaten 3-6 6-4 7-5 by Hsieh Su-wei
  • Hsieh Su-wei is the world No.48
  • Rafael Nadal progresses to last 16

Halep, the reining French Open champion, suffered a 3-6 6-4 7-5 loss in two hours and 20 minutes on No.1 Court.

The result leaves Czech Karolina Pliskova, the seventh seed, as the only women’s top-10 player still in the tournament.

Fourteen of the women’s and 16 of the men’s seeds have failed to make it through to the second week of the third grand slam of the year.

Halep follows Caroline Wozniacki (2), Garbine Muguruza (3), Sloane Stephens (4), Elina Svitolina (5), Caroline Garcia (6), Petra Kvitova (8), Venus Williams (9) and Madison Keys (10) out of the tournament.

For Hseih, the Taiwanese progresses to the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in her career — her previous best was the third round in 2012 — and will next play Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.

Nadal eases through

Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal made it to the last 16 with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Australian teenager Alex de Minaur.

“A positive match against a player with a lot of energy, some tough moments,” the world No.1 told the BBC.

The Spaniard, seeded second, will play either Fabio Fognini or Jiri Vesely in the next round.

Nadal’s win also meant he will remain world No.1 in the rankings when they are next released on 16 July.

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